Channel Islands airspace controls reviewed

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Proposed changes to how aircraft are directed in the Channel Islands will not affect the travelling public, an air traffic control manager has said.

A review is under way to update the rules on how planes are flown in the Channel Island control zone.

This is the area between the UK and France where aircraft are managed by air traffic control (ATC) operators in Guernsey and Jersey.

The changes would bring the CI Zone into line with international practice.

Guernsey ATC manager Frank McMeiken said the proposals had potential environmental and financial benefits, but would not directly affect islanders.

"The principal impact will be on aircraft operators and flight crew, who mostly stand to benefit," he said.

"The simplified airspace and procedure design will focus on enabling aircraft to arrive and depart in a more economical manner, with benefits in terms of emissions and operating cost."

As part of the review's consultation period, a drop-in information session is being held at Guernsey Aero Club on Wednesday between 16:00 and 19:00 BST.

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